Last year I polled my lovely readers on what the heck to put in our entry way wall niche. The most popular vote was to patch it up and the second most popular vote was a bronze statue of Matt. Unfortunately for Matt, I secretly slid in the patching project to our kitchen renovation.
So now that we’re all patched up I’m polling y’all again…
What should I hang on this wall?
And before you respond, two notes:
1. I don’t want any art as I’m afraid it will clash with our gorgeous dining room art.
2. I do not want to put any sort of furniture (ex: small table, etc.) in this space!
So now what? Family pictures? A mirror? A poster size print of Matt’s Hall of Fame magazine feature?
While you’re thinking about it, I thought I’d share our progress of this little space since we moved in…
New Paint + Staircase Makeover + Refinished Hardwoods (see full post here)
Decorated! (see full post here)
Wall Niche Under Construction
Walled up! Time to decorate it…
Please leave me a comment with your decoration ideas!
Dining Room Sources
Banister paint color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
Entry way paint color: Benjamin Moore Grey Owl
Dining room paint color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
I have a mirror in my foyer and find it helpful.
Mirrors are always helpful especially one just beside your front door. Gives you a chance to check yourself before you leave. In our hallway we have a slate that was engraved for our wedding which is stunning but that might be too much like art? Alternatively either a photo of your favourite place (I am from North Uist so I have a big picture of that in my hall) or one of your favourite family photos. Maybe one of you all down in Florida visiting your parents? I am sure it will look lovely no matter what you pick!
I would stack three oversized rectangular frames (maybe 16″x20″?) with black and white pictures of your family! Like this: http://www.thinctanc.co.uk/design/hang_pic_images/004.jpg
We have three of these ikea frames with black and white wedding pictures on our staircase landing and it looks awesome: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20291786/#/40297438.
Toni :0) says
I like the mirror idea or your Florida family pic or what about creating a pallet with your Family Established and then your wedding date and your initial of your last name? You are so creative, I’m sure you’ll pick something great! Your home is beautiful and I love your blog. Been meaning to tell you that your Korean Bowl recipe is a fan favorite in our home. 🙌🏻☺️
Cute idea! ANd YES to that Korean Bowl!!! SO GOOD!
Oyster shell wreath, mirror, tobacco basket?
LOVE the oyster shell wreath idea!!!!!!!!
Mirror for sure! Handy and will bring light into the space.
Elizabeth Blunden says
I would put a mirror
A mirror! Although its on your no list, I would personally put a very small decorative table with a catch-all for keys, etc. with a mirror over it! But besides that, I think a large mirror would look great also 🙂
I agree- either a mirror or a family picture canvas. I have a mirror right next to our front door and love it for a quick hair/teeth check when on the way out! I also have a gorgeous print quote over a small table- it’s a neutral “it is well with my soul” printing neutral Frame (has meaning to our family) so that’d be my third idea 😉
A mirror or framed quote!
I would do a tall floor plant or the mirror.
I like clean spaces so I’d tend to leave it blank. It feels clean and bright, fresh and uncluttered. Peaceful. If you really want to put something there though, I say mirror.
A white framed cathedral mirror would fill that space really well. Though it would mimic the shape of the niche, so you might hate that… 😂
I think a mirror would look awesome, but if you don’t want furniture but DO want function, a small shelf with hanging space for keys/umbrellas might be nice! We have one in our foyer and while it isn’t like, HGTV pretty, it does minimize the clutter of that crap elsewhere 😛
I think a mirror … ?
Abbie Hawks says
Mirrors are always a good idea!
Maybe some metal artwork the same patina as your entry light fixture? There are many designs, shapes, or even groupings that might work. Whatever you choose will be perfect👌🏼!
I’m leaning towards a mirror for that space, but I also think nothing would be beautiful as well. The artwork in your dining room brings the focus, so why take away from that?
I would do a mirror or go make something at AR Workshop that represents your family! They have the cutest welcome sign.
I think a mirror would be great, my mom always says you need a “last look” spot near the door!
I would leave it empty. It makes the space feel open.
I would do a mirror or a couple of horizontal canvas printed family photos stacked! Sam’s Club has them cheap and they’re great quality!
Bekah W says
It’s the perfect spot for a mirror!
Lindsays Sweet World (@lindsaylou24) says
I like the mirror idea! It would reflect all of the light and make the space even airier and larger than it already is!
Rachel Emily says
Definitely a mirror!
My vote is for a mirror or a large potted plant in a lifted planter.
I definitely vote for a mirror. I think it is your only choice! :-). Or, leave it blank. From your photos, it looks great without anything!!
My vote is for a mirror. They have a gorgeous mirrored mirror at target that I have had my eye on but cannot figure out where I would put it.
JEN EDWARDS says
I’m going mirror too! Can’t go wrong there. Something like this style that picks up on the dining room decor: https://www.kirklands.com/product/Mirrors/All-Mirrors/Sadie-Black-Arch-Wall-Mirror/pc/2450/c/2306/167456.uts
Eucalyptus or magnolia wreath
Diane Riedel says
I love mirrors but please read this before hanging near a entryway. Love your home by the way!
I vote for a mirror!
A beautiful family picture!
“Welcome Here Manifesto” by Lindsay Letters! 🙂 https://theartbar.co/collections/best-selling-art/products/welcome-here-manifesto-canvas
I vote a mirror, but with a small wreath in the middle of the mirror. I can also see why you wouldn’t want to put any furniture there because of the glass doors on the other side, but a small accent table somewhere in the foyer with a family picture and maybe an initial or family name sign would look lovely to add some personalization.
If it was MY space, I would hang a decorative mirror with a quote over it, like… “Bless this home and all who enter”, I did this at my last house and loved it. However, at my new house, we don’t have the space for it. Thinking about just doing the quote over the front door where people enter. I hand painted mine but I’ve seen decals you can buy. (or add your favorite quote.)
Jessi's Design says
Mirror all the way friend!! – there’s one at Hobby Lobby that I specifically have in mind – skinny but decorative! It’ll be the perfect accent to the space!
One of my friends has a window frame hanging in her foyer and she changes the decor hanging on it seasonally (wreath, monogram letter, etc.). Very pretty!
Jordan Schiffbauer says
Framed family photo or a family photo canvas that you get a custom frame made for or a unique mirror 🙂
I would do black & white dubose pictures of your kids with their black & white clay rice silohettes (spelling?). If you have those….something very classic and southern…that you won’t get tired of seeing or have to update as they grow up….
What kind of mirror is the most suitable? I sometimes buy good mirrors, but when they come into the room, they look a little out of place.